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Auburn continues prepping for Ole Miss

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AUBURN, Ala. -

The Auburn Tigers returned to the football practice field Sunday evening for a 90-minute practice in shorts at the Auburn Athletics Complex practice fields. Auburn did not have a game yesterday, enjoying an open weekend before returning to SEC action this Saturday against Ole Miss.

"It helps, and we really needed it physically," defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said about the bye week. "It helps a lot. You get more repetition on the formations, adjustments and blocking schemes. It's a big help. It doesn't necessarily mean we will be better prepared but we will definitely have things that we've spent more time on.

"We tried not to get too much into the scheme last week for the next opponent. We worked a lot of young players, and we got some guys back on the practice field. Most of them are still day to day, but at least they are out on the practice field getting a few reps."

Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee agreed that the open date was beneficial for Auburn. "It was really good. First of all, we got a little healthier. We weren't bad but we had some physical games. We've got some guys feeling better now. The other thing is that we were able to evaluate ourselves. We usually don't get to evaluate ourselves this early and I think that helped us learn what direction we need to go in.

"The biggest thing we are preaching to them is we've got to have a great sense of urgency – every day this week at practice, every day at meetings. It's a big football game and our players need to practice and prepare like it's a big football game."

Auburn (3-1, 1-1 SEC) will play host to No. 24 Ole Miss (3-1, 1-1 SEC) this Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Kickoff is at 6:00 p.m. CT for a game that will be televised by ESPNU.

Auburn's October 12 Homecoming game with Western Carolina at Jordan-Hare Stadium will have a 1 p.m. CT kickoff and will be a pay-per-view telecast. Fans should contact their local cable or small dish provider to order the game. It will be available in the state of Alabama.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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